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Race, Culture, and Gender

Black Female Experiences of Violence and Abuse


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Ava Kanyeredzi
    Pages 1-46
  3. Ava Kanyeredzi
    Pages 179-194
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 195-227

About this book


This book presents an in-depth account of nine Black British women’s experiences of violence and abuse. Through in depth interviews and analysis the author reveals their feelings of being silenced as children, women, Black women and as victims/survivors. Being silenced or staying silent about experiences of violence and abuse are key influences in how and when women access help and support and Kanyeredzi illuminates missed opportunities in how and when this help and support can and should be given. 

Based on women’s descriptions of how they felt supported, listened to, yet ‘unheard’, chapters explore what professionals might face in the process of supporting Black women who access these services. The book contributes valuable understanding to the growing literature discussing challenges faced by minoritised women attempting to live full lives in the UK. It also includes images created as part of the project. This book is a useful resource for victims/survivors, students, researchers, clinical psychologists, counsellors, health professionals, social workers, educators and specialised violence support organisations.  


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.School of PsychologyUniversity of East LondonLondonUnited Kingdom

About the authors

Ava Kanyeredzi is a lecturer in Clinical and Community and Forensic Psychology at the University of East London, UK.

Bibliographic information


“There is limited research and scholarship on violence and abuse amongst African-Caribbean women in the UK and this book makes a valuable contribution. This book is an invaluable resource for professionals, practitioners and policy makers working with African-Caribbean women who are victims/survivors of abuse. It explores the silences surrounding violence and abuse among African-Caribbean women in the UK and renders their voices and experiences visible.” (Dr Jenny Douglas, The Open University)